Co-operation with UN agencies

Proposed by the National Union of Journalists, UK and Ireland (NUJ)

The World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Angers from June 7th – 10th 2016,

noting the increased co-operation between the IFJ and UNESCO since the Cadiz congress, after the new IFJ leadership renewed their relationship with UNESCO and started working with them on many fronts – world press freedom day, safety and protection of journalists, implementation of UN plan of action, media and gender, media development, etc.;

welcoming the lead taken by UNESCOin coordinating the development and implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, based on new coalition-building, awareness-raising, good practice and training; 

believing, however, that the safety of journalists will improve only if the UN starts confronting the issue of impunity at every level, not just by raising awareness, but by forcing governments to implement the dozens of motions, declarations and international instruments agreed in the last 20 years;

noting the huge effort by the IFJ secretariat in keeping the issue of journalists’ safety as a top priority for the IFJ, involving monitoring, advocacy, protests, regional and international campaigns, training and the most recent 25th anniversary of the killed list, published annually;

further noting the IFJ’s interventions at the UN Human Rights Council to help member unions react to reports, declarations and universal periodic reviews;

Congress calls on the incoming Executive Committee to:

  1. increase its co-operation with UNESCO by continued monitoring of the implementation of the UN Plan of Action, by ensuring that member unions in target countries are fully engaged with these activities and that all member unions can access the resources available in the UN system including best practice, expertise, funding possibility for capacity building, etc.;
  2. upgrade its participation at the level of the UN through higher level of membership and the setting up of a coordination to plan and execute initiatives and lobbying;
  3. ensure that all the activities within the UN agencies, whether the UN itself, its programs and funds, the relationship with various rapporteurs, UNESCO, UNHRC, etc. are thoroughly coordinated, involving relevant member unions when necessary.

Carried unanimously